Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Apple & Date Fougasse (a French pastry bread)

From Kristi’s Kitchen
(Adapted and inspired by “Simply Baking” recipe on Cooking Channel)


1 Filling recipe (see below)
3 ½ c. whole wheat pastry flour
2 ¼ tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. honey
2 tsp. yeast
1 ¼ c. warm filtered water
1 organic egg and 1 tbsp. filtered water


-Put together filling
-Combine water and yeast in mixing bowl and let bloom for 5 minutes
-Add remaining ingredients into mixer and mix (using bread hook attachment) on low speed until combined
-Turn the mixer to high and knead the dough for 5 minutes
-On a well-floured surface, pat or roll dough out
-Place most of the filling -reserving a bit for garnishing- in the center of the dough and fold dough edges over like an envelop
-Turn fold side down onto floured surface
-Roll dough a second time into an oval –leafy shape
-Using a sharp knife, cut a whole down the center of the dough leaving an inch on either end
-Pull dough apart slightly
-Cut three more slits on either side of the middle and pull dough apart –making 6 separate smaller slits at this point your bread creation should look similar to a leaf)
-Brush with an egg wash and garnish with remaining apple slices and dates
-Cover and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in size
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 20 minutes –until golden

Apple & Date Filling:

½ of large crisp organic apple, thin sliced
6 dates, diced
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp. organic butter

-Combine all ingredients in a sauce pot
-Sautee until just tender
-Remove from heat and set aside

*To dress this up and make a pastry dessert out of it…glaze it with a cream cheese icing –YUMMO!

** A tip the cooking show gave was to place a baking sheet of ice in the rack below the baking pastry so as to keep the dough from setting too quickly-gaining maximum rise. GREAT IDEA!

Makes 6 portions

My 4 year old daughter was inspired that we should do this together...we had a fabulous time and it turned out delicious...so much so that we made a second!

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